Apple can reportedly make enough iPhones outside China

Apple has sufficient iPhone production capacity outside China to meet the needs of the US market.                  Angela Lang  CNET

Apple has sufficient iPhone production capacity outside China to meet the needs of the US market. Angela Lang CNET

The firm has done work to make it easy to move its manufacturing to India swiftly in case of heavy restrictions being placed on Apple as a result of the escalating trade war.

Its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Industry (better known as Foxconn) can make enough iPhones to meet the needs of Apple's U.S. market outside China if needed, according to Bloomberg. But Apple's iPhones and iPads are arguably the most important products manufactured by Foxconn in, you guessed it, China.

While the Beijing government is yet to announce any measures against Apple, CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with CBS News that he doesn't expect the company to be affected by the trade war between China and the United States.

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Most of Foxconn's factories are located in China, even though the company is headquartered in Taiwan, but in recent years, the tech giant has been making great efforts to expand and diversify its global operations, from Brazil to Turkey, India, and the US. "We have enough capacity to meet Apple's demand". But he said the company is capable of moving production lines elsewhere according to customers' needs. Foxconn is now running quality tests for the iPhone Xr series there and plans to begin mass production at a facility in the suburbs of Chennai.

At the briefing - which was first reported by Bloomberg - Liu said the company was investing in India, where several older iPhone models are already made at a plant in Bangalore. On Tuesday, executives reaffirmed that employment goal, saying construction remained on schedule and that it will hire as many as 2,000 Americans by the end of 2020.

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